The American Council on Education today releases its annual report on the status of minority group members in higher education -- taking special note this year of the fact that while minority women are gaining ground, the educational attainment of males is declining. The report, "Minorities in Higher Education 2010 – Twenty-Fourth Status Report," is a compendium of data from a wide variety of sources, framed by analysis from the higher education umbrella group. It is funded by the GE Foundation.
Higher Education Quick Takes
Job placement statistics from Everest College, part of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges, sometimes list people as employed who never held the jobs, according to an investigation by WFAA News, a Texas television station. The network documents specific cases, which Corinthian attributed to "rogue" employees. Corinthian has been running ads in newspapers featuring a graduate, "Carolyn," who is employed and praises the education she received. The ad is part of a campaign against tougher federal regulation of for-profit colleges. WFAA asked Corinthian to produce Carolyn, but was denied access to her.
Editors of The Daily Campus, the student newspaper at the University of Connecticut, are developing new policies in the wake of controversies over two cartoons that were seen as sexist by many students, The Hartford Courant reported. One cartoon featured the line: "Forget sugar and spice and everything nice. Try crabs, scabs and everything viral. That's what girls are really made of." The other showed a man throwing a diamond ring into a bedroom, leading a woman to chase after it, tongue hanging out.
Despite its wealth Harvard University found itself seriously cash-strapped in the last two years, with relatively small sums of liquid assets. But the university has now grown its cash and liquid assets to $1 billion, The Boston Globe reported.
The percentage of college-age men who gamble on the Internet at least once a month has increased to 16 percent this year, up from 4 percent two years ago, according to a study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Other forms of gambling did not show such increases for men, and the figures for women remain quite low.
The University of Oxford is famous for asking applicants for admission unusual questions ("Here is a cactus. Tell me about it."), and many people assume that the purpose of these questions is to trip up students. But Times Higher Education reported that Oxford officials are now talking about the questions, and say that they have no devious purpose. Mike Nicholson, the university’s director of undergraduate admissions, said: "These questions show that the interviews are not designed to see how quickly students get the ‘right’ answer or show off specialist knowledge, but to gauge how they respond to new ideas. Each subject will have its own selection criteria, and interviews are structured to look for evidence of academic ability and potential in those areas."
Oregon is seeking to become the lead plaintiff in a class action, securities fraud lawsuit against Apollo Group, the parent company of University of Phoenix. The suit charges that the university misled investors by not accounting for student withdrawals from courses, withdrawals that when exposed caused Apollo stock to drop -- causing a loss of about $10 million to Oregon's state retirement system, the suit charges. A statement from Ted Wheeler, Oregon's treasurer, said: "With this lawsuit, we hope to teach a lesson that businesses like the University of Phoenix cannot take advantage of their students or their investors." Manny Rivera, a spokesman for the company, told The Oregonian that "Apollo Group takes its disclosure obligations very seriously and intends to defend this lawsuit vigorously."
President Obama is expected to issue an executive order Tuesday aimed at strengthening federal efforts to improve the educational attainment of Hispanic Americans. The revised document, which will come on the heels of a summit held Monday by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, is expected to establish a presidential commission that will work with community leaders to gather advice on Hispanic education, and an "interagency working group" to help coordinate the federal government's efforts on a wide range of issues important to Hispanic Americans, including housing, health, finance, employment and education.
National Collegiate Athletic Association investigators have closed their review of possible rules violations in the men's basketball program at the State University of New York at Binghamton, finding no major infractions, the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reported. The Binghamton basketball program has been ravaged by damaging headlines since last fall, when The New York Times described allegations of academic and other misconduct. The letter from the NCAA saying that investigators had found insufficient evidence of major wrongdoing prompted the lawyer for the university's suspended coach, Kevin Broadus, to call for his reinstatement. But given the academic and other breaches uncovered in an audit at Binghamton, such a return would seem unlikely.
Its much-hyped Super Bowl commercials feature buxom young women in revealing clothing (and in one instance, encountering a wardrobe malfunction that got the spot barred from the airwaves). Now GoDaddy.com, the domain name registry, says it is attaching its name to one of the 429 -- oops, we mean 35 -- bowl games certified by the National Collegiate Athletic Association this year for Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) teams. The GoDaddy.com Bowl will be the new name for the GMAC Bowl, which has been played in Mobile, Ala., since 1999. This is just one of the games with new names this year; others include the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (previously the Emerald Bowl) and the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl (formerly the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl, and at least two other sponsors before that). And one other new entrant in the bowl naming game this year is Bridgepoint Education Corp., parent of fast-growing Ashford University and the University of the Rockies. Bridgepoint, a San Diego-based company, announced in April that it would sponsor the Holiday Bowl through 2012. Terms were undisclosed.